Who is CSQ?

CSQ is an independent, not-for-profit, industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices, trainees and career seekers in the building and construction industry.

We do this by:

  • subsidising training for tradies, workers and small and large businesses to help them build their careers and capability
  • promoting careers in construction and supporting pathways into the industry
  • working with industry partners to help keep talented people in the industry
  • providing thought leadership to the industry around skills, training, industry trends, major project and employment data.

How does CSQ help workers in the construction industry?

CSQ receives funding from an industry training levy in order to fund training costs for:

  • job seekers
  • current workers
  • those in between jobs/contracts (within 6 months)
  • those looking to re-enter the industry (within 6 months)

Where does the money come from?

CSQ is funded by a statutory training levy established under the Building and Construction Industry Act 1991. The levy is charged on Queensland construction projects worth greater than $150,000, where CSQ receives 0.1% of the cost of the construction project that we use to fund training and skilling costs.

Funded Courses

Are the courses through CSQ free?

CSQ provides funding towards training and skilling for current workers and career seekers in the building and construction industry. The courses are not free, but CSQ will help to fund the costs with an aim to cover 75% of the total cost of Short Courses, Higher Level Skills (HLS), and Skills Assessment and Gap Training (SAGT). CSQ does not control what an RTO charges to provide a course, but CSQ’s funding contribution is consistent across all RTOs.

How much money will CSQ contribute towards my training course?

The amount of money contributed varies depending on the course and the RTO, but CSQ’s funding contribution is consistent across all RTOs with an aim to cover 75% of the total costs. For a full list of courses, please visit our Course Selector.

Can I receive funding for more than one course in a year?

In any funding cycle (October-September) you can receive funding for:

  • up to three (3) short courses (civil construction)
  • up to eight (8) short courses (general construction)
  • one (1) Higher Level Skills course (civil construction)
  • one (1) Higher Level Skills course (general construction)
  • one (1) Skills Assessment and Gap Training course (civil construction)
  • one (1) Skills Assessment and Gap Training course (general construction).

Is there an age limit for being eligible for funded training?

There is no age limit on our funded training – but you do need to be either:

  • working in the industry
  • looking for work in the industry
  • a construction worker who has been unemployed for less than six months

…in order to be to be eligible, so you would need to meet your employer’s minimum age requirement. There is no upper age limit.

Does CSQ run the courses?

We are not an RTO and do not conduct training or run the courses ourselves. We work with our preferred RTOs throughout Queensland who provide training and upskilling. To check what courses are offered and which RTOs CSQ has partnered with visit our Course Selector.

How do I search courses?

All available CSQ funded courses can be found by using our Course Selector


CSQ’s funded training falls under three programs:

Short Courses

Short courses are individual competencies and skills sets designed for workers wanting to update their skills and knowledge, meet compliance requirements, get a licence or diversify their skills. The Short Courses program provides funding to assist with upskilling and cross skilling workers in the building and construction industry.

Higher Levels Skills program (HLS)

The HLS program is for when you’re keen to move into a higher-level role in general or civil construction. The HLS program provides nationally accredited qualifications ranging from a Certificate IV up to an Advanced Diploma level.

Skills Assessment and Gap Training (SAGT)

Our SAGT program will help you turn your experience into a formal qualification. SAGT is for those working in the industry — or looking to re-enter — but don’t hold a formal qualification. The program connects you to training and assessment services to identify the skills you already have, and provide the gap training you need to attain a nationally recognised Certificate III level qualification.

Who can help me if I have questions about programs and courses?

Our Customer Service team are here to help. For more information please contact us

Apprentices & Trainees

I'm thinking of a career in construction. How do I know it's for me?

There are over 70 careers in construction and CSQ offers a variety of resources to help you find the right career. One of the best ways to do this is to participate in our Trade Start program which is a 16-week introductory program that introduces you to a range of building and construction experience and skills.

Is there a list of trades available in the construction industry?

There are a broad range of careers available in the building and construction industry – with a snapshot available here to discover which one could be right for you.

How do I become an apprentice?

CSQ funds a variety of programs to assist those looking for a start in the building and construction industry, with a number of resources available to help you find the right career.

What financial help is available to apprentices?

While CSQ doesn’t provide financial assistance to apprentices and trainees, the Queensland Government has a range of assistance available including Youth Allowance/Austudy/ABSTUDY, financial support and loans plus living away from home allowance. Apprentices and trainees can access our Short Courses programs and 3rd and 4th year apprentices can also access HLS.

How do I hire an apprentice or trainee?

If you are an employer in the Queensland building and construction industry looking to develop your workforce or employ an apprentice or trainee, CSQ provides information and guidance to assist you in connecting to organisations that support career seekers.


What is the Annual Training Plan (ATP)?

The Annual Training Plan (found in our Knowledge Centre) details CSQ’s funding priorities for skills investment and service delivery for the funding year (October-September).

How is the ATP formed and how can I be involved?

The programs and services in the ATP are shaped by extensive and ongoing consultation with industry and associated stakeholders together with an evaluation of CSQ’s programs and service delivery, forecast activity in the sector and workforce supply.

To get involved please contact us

What is Farsight?

The Farsight project is a study into the future of construction, and what the industry may look like in 20 years. CSQ collaborated with CSIRO to explore what this means for jobs and skills in the building and construction industry.

What information resources do you have for industry?

CSQ analyses industry trends and conducts extensive research into the building and construction industry in Queensland, with a number of publications and resources available on our website for industry.

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)

As a training provider – how do I find out about the procurement process?

The procurement of RTO services are managed through a competitive purchasing strategy, based on an annual invitation-to-offer process. All RTOs wanting to do business with CSQ must apply online to receive Registered Training Supplier (RTS) status.

What are Ready for Work Kits and how do I order them?

Ready for Work Kits are supplied by CSQ to RTOs delivering CSQ’s Pre-Apprenticeship and Major Projects pre-employment programs. Each kit contains Personal Protective Equipment and access to an online e-book, required for recording the Structure Workplace Learning component.

Only RTOs or other approved providers delivering an eligible program under a contract or agreement with CSQ can order Ready for Work Kits via the Ready for Work Kit order form.

Marketing, Communications & Events

I have a media enquiry. Who can I contact?

For all media enquiries please email media@csq.org.au

I have a marketing, event or sponsorship enquiry. Who can I contact?

For all enquiries please email events@csq.org.au